Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Odyssey: a soldier’s road home

theguardian.com – Last month, the 7th Armoured Brigade, the “Desert Rats”, arrived at Camp Bastion in Helmand: the last major deployment to Afghanistan before the UK pulls out its combat troops at the end of next year. Britain’s wars, for now, are coming to an end. But what does that ending mean for the soldiers coming home? David Finkel, author of Thank You for Your Service , a new account of the travails of the returning warrior, puts it brutally:

Acts of the Apostles (Mind Over Matter Series) (Paperback)

amazon.com – 12 of 12 people found the following review helpfulThis was a page-turner! , November 26, 1999This review is from: Acts of the Apostles (Mind Over Matter Series) (Paperback) I enjoyed this book a great deal. To me, the story flowed much better than recent efforts by some of my other favorite technothriller authors. If this is really the author’s first effort, the book certainly doesn’t read like it

62% of 16 To 24-Year-Olds Prefer Printed Books Over eBooks

slashdot.org – assertation writes “According to The Guardian, 62% of readers between the age of 16 and 24 prefer physical copies of books over ebooks . Reasons given were the feel of ‘real books,’ a perceived unfairly high cost for eBooks, and the ease of sharing printed books. ‘On questions of ebook pricing, 28% think that ebooks should be half their current price, while just 8% say that ebook pricing is right.

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Primo – Teaching programming logic to children age 4 to 7

kickstarter.com – Primo is a play-set that uses shapes, colours and spacial awareness to teach programming logic through a tactile, warm and magical learning experience. Primo makes an incredibly important, but otherwise uninteresting topic to children, enjoyable and fun.Primo is a play set composed by 3 main items that combined create the Primo play experience.1 • Cubetto a friendly robot.The goal of the game is to guide Cubetto to his destination, represented by a house, a big cube, or any other object of your choice.

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2nd 1st Farewell Their Fallen Comrades With A Huge Haka

youtube.com – Haka is used throughout New Zealand by many, not only Māori, to demonstrate their collective thoughts. There is a haka for each of the Services, as well as t…

Platforms, Applications, and Idealism

slideshare.net – My keynote at the Twilio developer conference on September 19, 2013 in San Francisco. Reflections on the internet as a platform, why applications like Square, Uber, and the Google autonomous vehicle …My keynote at the Twilio developer conference on September 19, 2013 in San Francisco. Reflections on the internet as a platform, why applications like Square, Uber, and the Google autonomous vehicle tell us what that platform makes possible, and why it’s imperative for entrepreneurs to create more value than they capture.

Missing: hard drive containing Bitcoins worth £4m in Newport landfill site

theguardian.com – The 7,500 Bitcoins on the hard drive were worth around £500,000 when it was thrown in the rubbish. Since then, the value has soared. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PABuried somewhere under four feet of mud and rubbish, in the Docksway landfill site near Newport, Wales, in a space about the size of a football pitch is a computer hard drive worth more than £4m.It belonged to James Howells, who threw it out when he was clearing up his desk in mid-summer and discovered the part, rescued from a defunct Dell laptop.